Travel: They'd Rather Be in Philadelphia

The gulf crisis keeps tourists closer to home and to the ground

Although Saddam Hussein's invasion of Kuwait failed to keep George Bush away from Kennebunkport, prospects of war in the Persian Gulf are changing many other vacation plans. The crisis has sent the world travel industry into a spin. Vacationers and commercial travelers are hastily scrapping plans to visit not only the affected Arab states but also the entire Middle East and eastern Mediterranean. Major airlines are improvising detours for regularly scheduled flights, and airlines and airports have tightened security in anticipation of a possible rise in terrorism.

Debbie Grodd, 24, and Stanley Lee, 28, of Stamford, Conn., reacted to the hostilities...

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